In this ESG Video Blog, ESG's Jason Buffington and Edwin Yuen discuss how Data Protection is becoming part of a broader systems management strategy.
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Jason: Hi, I'm Jason Buffington with ESG. I'm here at VMworld 2017, and I love the fact that more and more, we're not having a data protection conversation or a virtualization provisioning conversation. We're having a business level conversation on delivering IT across public and private clouds. Now to do that, what that means is data protection has to be part of a broader strategy of systems management. So I visited with ESG's newest analyst Edwin Yuen on how these two worlds are coming together.
So, we brought you on to help ESG's coverage in the systems management space. And I'll tell you, I am super excited about this, right? So we have personally seen that Microsoft System Center used to have data protection as a monetized offering and they folded it in to just management as a story, and VMware VADP or VDPA tried to fold in through vOps and vRealize, etc. We see more and more examples of the IT operations person, right? So they're provisioning, they're managing, they're patching, they wanna recover as part of that process. Can you kind of give us a glimpse on what that looks like and what you're thinking about?
Edwin: I think really what people are looking at, I understand the systems management, the IT operations person needs to have kinda have full control over everything. And before, it was really about kind of Day 1 stuff. I'm gonna throw stuff out there, I'm gonna make sure it's good when it goes out, I wanna get packages out there. But a lot more about IT operations is really about Day 2, and it's about operations, it's about monitoring, it's about drift control, and then data protection and understanding and backing these things up, especially in the age where we get security threats and we have things from floods to weather, all those are affecting those systems administrators. So IT operations has really shifted from what used to be a Day 1 focus to really a Day 2 focus.
Jason: Now, out of curiosity, my guess is the IT operations person today never woke up and said, "You know, the next step in my career path is the backup admin, right?" So it's not like we're seeing backup utilities being switched across in general. Talk about what are you seeing from a…is this a portal play, is this a SaaS deliver? How are folks anticipating monitoring, managing, assure and protection and recovery in these environments?
Edwin: Well, we're kind of seeing it in a bunch of different ways. SaaS is actually a very interesting model, because we're seeing a change in terms of the backend. You have people kind of being…backing up, maybe not locally, but also into the cloud, so you're seeing a lot of these plays. And people are used to offerings like Dropbox and OneDrive in a casual kind of individualistic sense. So those sensibilities are then moving into the enterprise, and people are saying, "You know what, this might be a great time to let those systems automatically back up," but you still need to have that control and understanding.
Jason: And that's gonna be for IT oversight.
Edwin: No, absolutely.
Jason: And that's your world, so welcome to the team.
Edwin: Great. Thank you, Jason.